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Accessability an Issue in Community – Leduc Representative – Alberta, CA
January 30 th, 2009
Joanne Sinclair’s letter in the Representative should make us furious. Ongoing problems have controlled the function of the Handibus for years. The access
hours for seniors/handicapped are extremely limited, restricted by obligations for the students whose rides financially support the system.
Buses are not the only problem for seniors/handicapped in Leduc — imagine the
difficulties entering the Leduc hospital. Friends, when visiting the hospital, say that they feel they will be the patient by the time they walk up the
steps to the entrance, and are afraid that they will fall walking down the steps to the parking lot.
Deaf Advocates Call for Real-time Texting
Supporters of the hearing impaired say the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission will save people’s lives if it requires all wireless
carriers to provide real-time text.
January 29, 2009
By Karen Pinchin
On the highway one night, your tires start slipping, your car fishtails, and you go into a ditch. When you regain consciousness, you realize you’re trapped.
What do you do first? Call 911, of course.
Surprise Chamber Launches Program to Aid Disabled
by Cecilia Chan – Jan. 28, 2009 09:33 AM
The Arizona Republic
People with disabilities can now find Northwest Valley businesses that take extra measures to meet their accessibility needs, all at the click of a mouse.
The Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce this month launched a program on its Web site, featuring lodgings, restaurants, shopping and medical facilities
with accessibility features. The program is in collaboration with the city’s Surprise Disability Advisory Commission.
The Web Can Help Mental Health: Psychologist
January 29, 2009 – 9:37 am, by
Dr Peter Cotton, a psychologist, writes in response to Gavin Andrew’s recent article on web-based treatment programs for depression, anxiety and other disorders:
“My initial response is that I think this is a very promising and potentially helpful development. It builds on, and is consistent with, emerging research
around the web-based delivery of programs for common mental health problems including depression, alcohol abuse and anxiety disorders.
Web Doctoring: A Sad Comment on the State of Mental Health Services?
January 27, 2009 – 9:51 am, by
Some hundreds of patients with depression, anxiety and other disorders have received online treatment using a sophisticated computerised cognitive behaviour
therapy program from the St Vincent’s Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders in Sydney. The treatment is effective in the short and long term, according
to Gavin Andrews, professor of psychiatry at St Vincent’s Hospital. Writing recently in
Crikey, he said the approach had the potential to improve the community’s access to treatment.
Expedia and Hotels.com agree to provide information for disabled travelers
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Expedia Inc. has agreed in a California court to add content and search features to its travel services sites Hotels.com and Expedia.com to enable people
with physical disabilities to reserve hotel rooms that can accommodate them with such things as wheelchair access or Braille signage, Expedia says.
Tribunal Finds Air Canada Discriminated Against Disabled Man
Last Updated: Monday, January 26, 2009 | 9:30 PM ET
The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled Monday that Air Canada discriminated against a deaf and partially blind man by saying he could only fly with an
attendant when he wanted to fly alone.
Human Rights Trump Property Rights
Jan 26, 2009 04:30 AM
Community organizing is a term that conjures up images of Chicago’s south side, Harlem in the 1970s and ’80s and U.S. President Barack Obama’s early career.
But Canadians – especially here in Toronto – know how to get people working for change in their community, their city and their country.
The Blind Man Who Can ‘See’ – and How He Shows That Humans Really DO Have a Sixth Sense
By MICHAEL HANLON
Last updated at 10:55 PM on 23rd December 2008
For blind people to regain the power of sight usually requires a miracle – either of the old-fashioned, Biblical variety or of the modern, medical sort.
Yet an extraordinary case reported this week shows us that there may be another form of miracle that can help the blind to ‘see’ – and it’s one that may
force us to rethink our whole understanding of the way in which the human senses operate.
Who Says That Dreams Don’t Come True?
By Donna J. Jodhan
Last week as I sat glued to my television taking in the pomp and ceremony of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, something very real occurred to me.
We now have a brand new spanking president in the Oval Office. The first African American president and I am sure that many are still in disbelief that
this momentous event has actually come to pass. A few years ago, the majority of us me included would probably have said that it was not possible to have
such an event take place but here we are today with a man who has fulfilled his dream! The political landscape of America and indeed of the world has
just been given a huge and memorable makeover and I bet that we can’t wait for the next chapter to be written.